12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 2 nights
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Dambulla
— 1 night
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Ella
— 1 night
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Arugam Bay
— 1 night
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Yala National Park
— 2 nights
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Mirissa
— 1 night
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Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights

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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Mount Lavinia Beach. Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple and Traditional Puppet Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and stop by Vogue Jewellers.

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Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Colombo, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sath Paththini Devalaya, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Dambulla trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Colombo to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Sath Paththini Devalaya ©
Sath Paththini Devalaya

1
night
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary app.

Getting from Dambulla to Ella by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Spas
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see Sage Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and then head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip builder app.

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Arugam Bay are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Transportation · Tours · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sage Tours ©
Sage Tours

2
nights
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yala National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

1
night
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Mirissa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas

3
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 18th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, kick back and relax at Narigama Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa journey site.

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara ©
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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